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Navy says farewell to the C-9 Skytrain II aircraft

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Ending its 41-year commitment to a workhorse aircraft, the U.S. Navy retired the last C-9B Skytrain II June 28 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group based in Tucson, Ariz. As of January, the Navy had four C-9B aircraft remaining in its inventory ó one was retired in February and two were…

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First pipeline class of F-35 crew chiefs graduates

Posted August 11, 2014 by George Woodward

Nine airmen became the first Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35A Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 7. “The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to…

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Night turns into day: Army researchers enable night lethality

Posted September 17, 2014 by Kim Bell

Army photograph In complete dark from significant standoff, Soldiers use medium wave infrared technology to turn night into day. In science fiction, technology problems are solved with the stroke of a writer’s pen. In reality, science and technology research takes time, and a lot of effort. “If you’ve seen the movie Predator, you’ve seen a…

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65th AGRS inactivated

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Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler Lt. Col. Gregory Wintill, former commander of the 65th Aggressor Squadron, cases the 65th AGRS flag at the Flanker Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept 26, 2014. The 65th AGRS has helped to train thousands of service members by acting in the aggressor role…

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B-2 completes first ever 18.5-hour polar test mission

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production. The Extremely…

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Army asks for armed aerial scout demonstration

Posted May 2, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

The Army released to industry, April 25, a “request for information” about a replacement for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft, including a proposal to industry to provide for the Army a demonstration of the current...

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Progress continues toward NATO missile defense system

Posted May 15, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Navy photograph by PO1 Julie Matyascik Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to provide the first ballistic missile defense under the European Phased Adaptive Approach, March 7, 2011. The United States will announce...

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California BRAC bases now part of recycling revolution

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Susan Wolbarst

J.D. Wang, the CEO of a tire recycling company, believes people can recycle anything if they put their minds to it. So it seems fitting that his company is expanding into a recycled building -- once the commissary at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, Calif.

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Air Force launches first special tactics wing

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Rachel Arroyo

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command stood up the 24th Special Operations Wing in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12 to meet the growing demand for the unique capabilities special tactics Air...

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Company Command Posts bring mission command to battlefield edge

Posted June 21, 2012 by by Amy Walker

In the harsh desert and mountains of the southwestern United States, soldiers relied on transportable headquarters operation centers to extend mission command capabilities to the edge of the battlefield during the Army’s Network…

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